To ice cream superfans, the ideal portion is a pint served with a spoon—no bowl required. That’s how we like to eat all ice cream, but especially Talenti Layers, the five-layer combination of ice cream, cookies, sauces and crumbles that we think of as a sundae in a jar.
Yes, you can scoop it into bowls and share the pint. But as a superfan (and a bit of an ice cream hog), we prefer the first option.
It’s our Top Pick Of The Week.
Insider tip: Sometimes we top the open pint with whipped cream and homemade brandied cherries.
The American gelato and sorbetto line, Talenti, was named after Bernardo Buontalenti, a Florentine designer and polymath who is credited with inventing gelato (i.e. ice cream) in the 1500s (here’s the history of ice cream and sorbet).
Talenti first opened as a store-front gelateria in Dallas, Texas in 2003. The quality of the products led to expansion, first under the original owner and then by Unilever, which now owns the brand.
And far beyond Dallas, Talenti is now available nationwide, in 30 luxurious flavors. There are pints, quarts and half-gallons, plus Gelato Pops dipped in chocolate, in eight of Talenti’s best-selling flavors.
Consumers can find Talenti at grocers nationwide, and through The Ice Cream Shop, delivered via DoorDash, GrubHub, Postmates and UberEats.
Talenti Layers was not the first “sundae in a pint.”
Each Layers pint has five layers: two different flavors of ice cream plus two layers of crunch (chocolate flakes, cookies, crisps, crumbles, peanut butter cups, pie crusts, pretzels, etc.) and a layer of sauce (caramel, dulce de leche, frosting, fruit sauce, fudge, etc.)
Since its launch, sales of Talenti Layers have grown year over year, with continued growth on the horizon.
And there are 17 different Layers flavors…which have led us to a food fantasy:
A table of all 17 pints and a spoon. If Talenti is listening: We have room in the freezer! And we’re willing to share!
We love every flavor we’ve tried. Talenti Salted Caramel Truffle Layers is the fan favorite. More beloved flavors (in alphabetical order):
You can start by digging all the way down to the bottom of the jar to get every single delicious layer in one bite.
Pro Tip: Leave the pint on the counter for 5-7 minutes if you’d like to scoop all the way down to the bottom layer and get all five layers in one spoonful.
Or, become an archaeologist and “excavate” the pint, layer by layer. There are no rules when it comes to enjoying Talenti Layers.
Of course, we still consume pints and pints from the main Talenti line. Across the regular line of Talenti products, the most popular flavors are (alphabetical order, again):
And remember: If you can’t find your favorite in stores, head to The Ice Cream Shop*.
*Not all flavors may be available in your area.